Judge to issue Tuesday bail decision for protest organizer Tamara Lich
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The Canadian Press 7 hrs ago
An Ottawa judge will decide Tuesday whether to grant bail to convoy protest leader Tamara Lich.
The 49-year-old Alberta woman will remain in the Ottawa Carleton Detention Centre until then.
Her bail hearing was adjourned after several hours on Saturday, with Ontario Court Justice Julie Bourgeois saying she wanted to take the time necessary to render a decision.
Lich, president of the Freedom Convoy 2022 organization, was charged with counselling to commit mischief in connection with the protests that have snarled Ottawa for more than three weeks. She had been arrested Thursday evening.
There was no publication ban on evidence heard at the bail hearing, which shed new light on the inner workings of convoy organizers.
Lich’s husband testified that he flew to Ottawa on Feb. 2 on a private jet, the $5,000 cost of which was covered by a “really nice gentleman” he didn’t really know.
Tamara Lich appeared in person, wearing a mask in the prisoner’s box of an Ottawa courtroom.
She testified she just wanted to return to Alberta to be with her husband and kids, and she pledged a $5,000 bond, saying that was all she could afford......
Lich is a former energy industry worker and a leader within the “Wexit” movement pushing for the independence of western provinces.
She was also involved with the Canadian “Yellow Vest” protests and the smaller “United We Roll” truckers’ protest convoy of 2019.
LIch started the GoFundMe campaign for the truckers’ convoy and has appeared at media conferences to speak for demonstrators, whom she had repeatedly told to “hold the line” against police attempts to end the occupation.
Another prominent protest organizer, Patrick King of Red Deer, Alta., is expected to appear at a bail hearing early next week after being arrested on Friday.